P4P Stories from the field

A closer look at the farmers whose lives are being changed by P4P.


Five Facts about Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets in Liberia

Despite steady improvements in agricultural production in recent years, Liberia remains a food-deficit country and depends heavily on international imports. Farmers’ organizations generally have limited storage, processing and marketing capacity. This lack of infrastructure makes it difficult for farmers to access major regional markets. In addition, cooperatives do not have access to the financial services needed to effectively manage the agricultural value chain. The majority of smallholder farmers in Liberia are women.

How Farming Families Benefit from Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

Defining nutrition-sensitive agriculture

According to the 2013 Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition, nutrition-sensitive agriculture consists of interventions or programmes in the agriculture sector that address the underlying determinants of fetal and child nutrition and development—food security; adequate caregiving resources at the maternal, household and community levels; and access to health and a safe and hygienic

Exchange Visits Inspire Pro-Smallholder Efforts

Innovative Aggregation Methods 

The Burkina Faso delegation tours RAB Processors Limited, a private sector company supported by WFP to link smallholders to markets.

In late 2014, Malawi hosted a delegation from Burkina Faso, including representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, farmers’ organizations and WFP staff. The delegation was particularly interested in the commodity exchange (CEX) and Warehouse Receipts System (WRS), mechanisms that enable smallholder farmers in Malawi to access storage facilities, credit and markets.

5 Facts about Connecting Farmers to Markets in Zambia

1. UN Agencies, NGOs and private sector work together to support smallholders

Smallholder Wilber Munjile obtained a tractor on loan through WFP’s collaboration with NWK services. With income from providing services to other farmers, Wilber is able to meet most of his household’s expenses and service his tractor

In Zambia, P4P brings together numerous partners to help farmers access a broad range of services, such as training, equipment and inputs.

Responding to Farmers’ Needs with Locally-Developed Technology

Increasing farmers’ access to simple technologies for storage, treatment and processing can substantially improve grain quality and contribute to reducing post-harvest losses. In Burkina Faso, P4P-supported farmers’ organizations participated in a WFP action research trial, providing specialized training and access to storage equipment.

Today, P4P is building on the success of the trial in collaboration with a variety of partners, including local entrepreneurs, to provide smallholders with equipment for the post-harvest treatment of crops.

5 Facts About Connecting Smallholders to Markets in Rwanda

The Government is expanding pro-smallholder support under “Common P4P”

Muhawenimana Triphonie uses her mobile phone to get information on market prices. Using this information, and marketing skills learned under P4P, she is now able to earn fair prices for her maize.

The Government of Rwanda is taking ownership of and scaling up P4P under a state-run initiative called “Common P4P” (CP4P), which increases the reach of effort to support smallholder farmers.

P4P Ghana: Bringing Smallholders’ Produce to Students’ Plates

Purchase for Progress (P4P) supports smallholder farmers to supply food for school meals through home grown school feeding (HGSF) projects. HGSF projects are implemented by governments with the support of partners, including WFP. By linking local agricultural production with school meals, HGSF can increase enrolment and attendance, improve food security of school children, provide farmers with an assured market for their crops and boost local economies. Though this model is ideal, the reality of linking smallholder farmers and school feeding programmes can be challenging.

Sierra Leone: Meeting the needs of smallholder farmers by integrating programmes

Sierra Leone produced large quantities of rice before a protracted civil war. The conflict led to the prolonged displacement of people – most of whom were farmers – leaving many rice paddies overgrown and unusable. This made it difficult for farmers to rebuild their livelihoods once the conflict ended.

Today, smallholder farmers are some of the poorest and most food insecure communities in the country.

P4P opens doors for rural women in Ethiopia

"Busha budete.” These two words keep recurring as Yonal Lamiso speaks during a community conversation in Anja Chefa, a village near Hawassa in southern Ethiopia. The phrase means “bad culture,” and it refers to what women are not allowed to do in the community under customary law. 

His wife, Nigist Melese, elaborates: “In our culture women are not allowed to learn, wives are prepared to get married,” she says, before describing how things are beginning to change, at least in their family.

Draft cattle lighten women’s workloads and increase crop production in Zambia

Many smallholder farmers, especially women, struggle to access productive resources and profit from their agricultural labour. P4P’s gender strategy suggested the provision of time- and labour-saving technologies as a vital step towards improving women farmers’ agricultural productivity and access to formal markets. Emerging lessons learned confirm the benefits these technologies can have for women farmers, who generally profit little from their long hours of manual labour.